Celebrity MasterChef 2019 line-up revealed – and there are some big names

EastEnders actor Adam Woodyatt will join Geordie Shore star Vicky Pattison and Googlebox star Dom Parker in this year's Celebrity MasterChef, The Mirror can reveal.

Boxing promoter Kellie Maloney, 66, and heavyweight boxing champ Dillian Whyte, 31, will also feature alongside former footballing hardman Neil 'Razor' Ruddock, 51, and Olympian Greg Rutherford, 32. 

Fashion designer Dame Zandra Rhodes and Strictly Come Dancing professional Oti Mabuse have also been confirmed for the popular cooking competition show

MasterChef judges John Torode and Gregg Wallace will also put Love Island star Dr Alex George, former The Only Way Is Essex favourite Joey Essex and The Chase quizzer Jenny Ryan in the new series.

The line-up also includes American Motown star Martha Reeves, comic Josie Long, French actress Elizabeth Bourgine, and radio presenter and actor Mim Shaikh.

DJ and lawyer Judge Jules, BBC weatherman Tomasz Schafernaker, Radio 1's Rickie Haywood-Williams and runner and former Marine Andy Grant complete the line-up.

The 20 celebrities will take part in a number of challenges across the six-week series, including invention tests, a pairs task in which two stars must join forces to cook an identical dish without seeing each other, and cooking for paying customers in a restaurant.

Adam Woodyatt is no stranger to the kitchen – with his character, Ian Beale, running Kathy’s Cafe, Beale’s Plaice chippy and Walford East restaurant.

But can Adam, 50, cook up a storm in the kitchen and impress the expert presenters John Torode and Gregg Wallace?

He does have a secret weapon in Marco Pierre White, who trained Gordon Ramsay and went on to become a TV personality, thanks to shows such as Hell’s Kitchen and MasterChef.

He and Ian are in business together with Marco selling Adam’s gin in his restaurants.

The actor founded Neat Gin with his wife Beverley two years ago.

Adam is the only original Enders cast member to have appeared continuously in the soap since 1985.

Now he will be hoping to follow in the footsteps of new EastEnders member Adrian Edmondson.

The Young Ones star, 62, who will play Jean Slater's love interest, won Celebrity MasterChef in 2013.

One of the challenges will see the star cooks face the hungry hordes of diners at venues such as ZSL London Zoo, the Ford Factory in Dagenham, and the Hendon Metropolitan Police Training Centre.

Other tasks will see them whip up dishes for past champions, as well as restaurant critics, while simultaneously impressing Torode and Wallace.

They will be competing to win the title of Celebrity MasterChef Champion 2019, following in the footsteps of previous winners Lisa Faulkner, Angellica Bell, Kimberly Wyatt and Sophie Thompson, among others.

BBC Commissioning Editor Carla-Maria Lawson said: "This Celebrity MasterChef has all of the right ingredients for a series full of entertainment, pressure and fun.

"Once again we have a brilliant variety of different characters and there will be some surprises along the way as they are put through their paces and pushed to their limits."

The series will air later this year.

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